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“We are now friends, let bygones be bygones” – Governor Wike apologises to Oshiomhole



Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday apologised to former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

Wike apologised to Oshiomhole at the inauguration of the Rumuepirikom Flyover in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

“We are now friends, let bygones be bygones,” Wike said addressing Oshiomhole.

The Rivers State governor said he regretted working for the reelection of Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki in September 2020.

Wike, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fell out with Obaseki earlier in 2022.

Obaseki and Wike have been at loggerheads amid a crisis rocking the PDP as the former backed PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar whilst Wike continued to demand the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu as a precondition to support Atiku’s presidential ambition for 2023.

Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor between 2008 and 2016, handed over to Obaseki who was then a member of the APC.

The two men, however, fell apart due to intra-party squabbles and Obaseki couldn’t secure APC ticket to return to office in 2020 gotten by Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Obaseki moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and consulted with Wike as seen by his many visits to the Rivers governor’s residence.

He subsequently got the PDP governorship ticket and defeated Ize-Iyamu who was backed by Oshiomhole and other APC stalwarts including former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari.

Wike’s regret for working with the PDP for the reelection of Obaseki was first made public in March 2022.

The Rivers governor apologised to Oshiomhole for not believing him when he said Obaseki will show his true colour after he joins the PDP.

Wike alleged that Obaseki was ungrateful to the party and the people who supported him to be re-elected when he left the All Progressives Congress (APC). He went ahead to apologise to Oshiomole saying,

“If you check the DNA of Obaseki, what you will see in that DNA is betrayal, serial betrayal, and ungrathefulness,” he said while addressing a crowd at the commissioning of a secondary school in Omuanwa community, Rivers State in March.

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